I'm working on a new story. I pulled an all nighter and made a big dent in this project. However, it's a pretty messed up story, both disturbing and leaning toward being a horror story. I don't want it to be a horror story. I want it to be more mainstream than that. How do I keep the disturbing but lose some of the scary? Some of the torture and killing techniques used even bother me for just coming up with them. I've refrained from going into the gore, but I feel like the way I've written it with the omitted details might actually be taking the story farther down the horror trail. How do you keep your story disturbing without crossing over to the horror genre? I write literary fiction and even when I write genre it's more of borrowing genre elements for what is still literary fiction for the most part. This time it's different. My story is too scary, and that's not what I want. How do I tone down the intensity? And how do you make a scary story less scary?